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The Fortification of Malta by the Order of St.John 1530-1798 Paperback – 1 Dec 1999

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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Mireva Publications; New edition edition (Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870579380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870579384
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,723,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fortification of Malta by the Order of St John is a study of the fortifications built in Malta by the knights of St. John. Any visitor to Malta cannot fail to be impressed by the massive ramparts surrounding the harbour area, and, although less immediately obvious, quite as remarkable is the chain of defences which encircles the coast. For the student of European military history the Maltese fortifications, because of their concentration in so small an area, because of their compactness, because of the extensive survival of records connected with their construction, represent a unique opportunity for examining In detail the planning and building of large-scale defensive works. Such an examination, however, must range more widely than merely the minutiae of construction: the fortifications must be viewed against the political, diplomatic and economic situation of the Order of St. John. Equally important is the social context in which the Order found itself and in particular the effect of so massive an undertaking on a native population to which the Order represented an alien and foreign power. Without an examination of such wider issues a study of this nature is no more than a skeleton without flesh. But in order to elucidate such matters it is essential that they be placed within the firm and sturdy framework of a detailed account and description of when, how and why the fortifications were actually constructed. This is done in Part II, which, apart from the intrinsic importance of such an account, forms an essential preliminary to the more thematic treatment presented in Part III. Although the Maltese fortifications erected between 1530 and 1798 are in some respects unique, they nonetheless constitute a representative example of contemporary European military architecture at its best. Their study is therefore of relevance to the wider field of European military history.

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